There’s just something about nature, isn’t there? I’m not sure if there is anything I enjoy more than being surrounded by mountains and lakes and rivers and rocks and trees and dirt and moss. I know I’m not alone in this sentiment; vistas and scenic spots are sought and visited by people in all corners of the globe. Just the fact that we have national parks tells us something about how much we value these beautiful places, not only because they’re pretty, but because we want to preserve and enjoy them for generations to come.
Have you ever looked at someone else’s art and been so awestruck with inspiration that it kinda almost made you angry? That little voice in the back of your mind that says, “why didn’t I think of that?” or “I could never make something that good.” Well, my fellow artist, I’ve got some news for you. That’s not inspiration. That’s insecurity. It’s jealousy. It might even be bitterness or resentment. There is often a fine line between these, at least for us artists when it comes to our art, and I don’t think it’s something that we talk about very often.
Here is a dose of encouragement and edification to make your week feel a little bit less weak. There is so much strength the Lord gives us through His Spirit, His Word, and His people. We hope these five quotes for encouragement spark life in you.
Say yes with confidence, then Google with abandon.
It’s the 21st century’s version of “Fake it till you make it.” Not only should you always take jobs you’re qualified to do (we don’t get to be choosy at this stage of our careers), but also agree to opportunities that are just outside your comfort zone. Then, Google your way through it at home. Of course, I can’t Google my way through your kidney transplant (but thank you for asking me to do it — so thoughtful), but I can certainly spend all evening on industry blogs and YouTube to learn how to assist you while shooting a wedding, for example, even though it’s not quite like my usual assignments within live music.
Dear Kindreds, We hope your art has been inspired and your spiritual growth is perpetually blooming. We pray your relationships give your opportunities to be stretched and encourage others. And we ask you to enjoy the quiet beauty of God's creation whether in a bird chirping, a flower reaching for light or the peace of tonight's sunset.
Those days are awesome, aren’t they? Wake up at 6, put the hot water on the stove. Read, pray. Remind yourself who you belong to and what He has given you for the day. Get your butt to the gym. Work hard. Go to work, and handle each task with care. Lunch. Wow, that was really encouraging. More work. Home. Class. Pay attention. Put your freaking phone away. Hurry home so you can see the roomies before everyone goes to bed and you have to go to bed and do it all over again.
Bright white lights kick on, the stage curtains sweep off to the sides and the show begins. You’re center stage and the hammering in your chest feels all consuming; you feel it in the shaking of your hands, the pounding in your head, and the pitter-patter of your being. But you breathe out that first line, or take that first pirouette and suddenly it comes back to you. The show goes on, the audience laughs, cries, and sighs and. End scene.
My primary love language is Acts of Service. To me, this sounds like the most narcissistic of all the love languages. “Hey, I feel super loved because you just served me. Thanks.”
If this is your love language, it can be a tough pill to swallow. Often times it can be misunderstood as a demanding love language or an ungrateful one. I think I have played to both of those sides. Oops.
Whenever people ask me about myself and what I like to do one of my first answers is that I love the beach. Honestly, I feel like I was made to live by the beach, which is perfect since I grew up in a home that is filled with shell and driftwood art handmade by my parents and myself.
Be honest with clients and yourself about timelines. Don't over promise or put yourself in a difficult spot. No one wins in that situation.
Say no! There are other designers besides you in the world -- if you're not a good fit or don't have time/ interest it is perfectly okay to bow out. This is really hard at first but gets easier, giving more time for projects you really want.
Gifts is probably the most misunderstood love language out of the five. It is pretty easy to understand how spending quality time with someone, saying kind words, serving someone, or hugging someone would show them love. But gifts? So what, they just want people to buy them presents all the time? That just sounds selfish and materialistic. At least on the surface it does because people just see the gift without understanding the significance behind it.
Love Language. According to Gary D. Chapman there are five of those. They are different aspects and tones of love that certain people feel, speak and understand better than others. Among those are giving out kind words of affirmation and appreciation, giving and receiving intentional gifts, spending quality time together, doing service like things for one another, and…. physical touch. That last one sounds so gross… but it’s the language I happen to speak best.
The inspiration for my poetry has always been out of the deepest emotions in my heart. Sometimes it’s the joy, love and incredible hope that God fills my life with. Other times it is out of the deep pain, hurt, and anger that I often try to avoid.
People are needy. Every person has different expectations of what their relationships require. The thing about relationships is that there is a constant give and take, a push and pull, an ebb and flow.
BY MARISS EANES Do you ever find yourself desperately chasing after something that just is not fit for you? Maybe it’s a person rather than a thing, many if not all of us have been down that road before.
Hi, I am one too. I hope you liked that I was transparent with you, along with everything else in my life. Man, I’m doing it again. Why do we have such a fear of man? Why do their views and opinions of our lives often dictate how we relate with others? Why must we incessantly say sorry, just in case we may have—on the slight chance—said something that may have hurt someone? Dear seeker of head-nods, social-media likes, and affirmation, I too am drained, I too pray and long for the day when my life would display the reality of Proverbs 29: 25,
“The fear of man is a snare, but the one who trusts in the Lord is protected”.